A simple request – Please remove the CAPS LOCK key on your keyboard

When I started this blog, I wanted to provide information to help lawyers with appeals.  I don’t want to seem arrogant or aloof.  I just want to try to help.  This post is not to condemn, for I too have sinned.

Yesterday, I read a brief where the lawyer used the CAPS LOCK function for the page and a half of the “Statement of Issues.”  I read the entire Statement, but it was tough.  More importantly, I was distracted.

This morning, I decided to look in the MRAP to see where it says that the Statement of Issues should be in ALL CAPS.  The MRAP does not require ALL CAPS.

I’ve always heard that the writer should always read what he/she has written before it goes out.  With electronic briefs, I think the lawyer should read what is written on a tablet as well as a monitor to see how the reader may see it.  The use of ALL CAPS of anything longer than one word does not help the reader understand what you have written.  Please, please use italics or bold or even underline functions for emphasis.

I plan to introduce a prohibition against ALL CAPS in MRAP.  Maybe, the use of ALL CAPS over a certain word limit should be grounds for involuntary dismissal of the action.

2 thoughts on “A simple request – Please remove the CAPS LOCK key on your keyboard

  1. “With electronic briefs, I think the lawyer should read what is written on a tablet as well as a monitor to see how the reader may see it.”

    Very true.

    “I plan to introduce a prohibition against ALL CAPS in MRAP.”

    After the cover page of a brief, my only ALL CAPS are section headings “STATEMENT OF THE CASE,” etc.), and even those could be changed. The rule would need to specify whether small caps (SMALL CAPS?) are allowed, because otherwise that would be confusing.

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